St. Louis Gets Double Root Canal

By: Mike Vukovcan

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Only in the Stanley Cup Playoffs can a guy undergo an emergency root canal and still be probable for the next game. That’s the case with Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis.

St. Louis had to undergo a double root canal immediately after the game as a result of getting high-sticked by Pens defenseman Zbynek Michalek. Luckily for the Pens, no penalty was called on the play.

On TSN’s broadcast, former NHL referee Kerry Frazer said that the refs made a mistake and that a major penalty should have been called on the play.

Moments later, Michalek got away with another high-stick on Lightning forward Steve Downie.

It’s amazing that St. Louis is expected to be available for Friday’s Game 2.

  • Scott

    I T’S no secret that Kerry Frazer hates pgh. Thank god he retired. He was crooked as they come.

  • Brad

    “60.1 High-sticking – A “high stick” is one which is carried above the height of the opponent’s shoulders. Players and goalkeepers must be in control and responsible for their stick. However, a player is permitted accidental contact on an opponent if the act is committed as a normal windup or follow through of a shooting motion. A wild swing at a bouncing puck would not be considered a normal windup or follow through and any contact to an opponent above the height of the shoulders shall be penalized accordingly.” Rule 60.1 from “carried above the height of the opponent’s shoulders” Can be interpreted differently depending on who you ask. In this situation St. Louis was down on the ice and Michalek’s stick was not raised “above” the shoulders. I find it hard to call a high sticking call when the stick doesn’t even come above the waist.

    • Brad

      I apologize for the block of text…I meant to separate the rule quote from my opinion.

  • Scott

    The NHL will feel they half to make this up to Tampa. Watch out on Fri. The calls are gonna get crazy ,and take away from the game.

  • jimmy

    if Scott’s comments have any truth to them we can all see why hockey will always be the bottom feeder of all sports. if you consider hockey a sport.

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